Meet St. Clare of Assisi: A little holy stubbornness • Saints for kids

When her father stormed the church with armed men, Clare calmly explained that she had given her life to Christ—and clung to the altar with supernatural strength when the count tried to drag her home. Read the story of a saint whose holy stubbornness wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Celebrating Reconciliation with kids: 9 ways to get into the habit

The sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation gets a bad rap, with many people steering clear because they think it’s all about guilt and punishment, when actually the emphasis is on mercy, forgiveness, and healing. Here’s how to help your family enjoy the benefits of this sacrament more regularly.

Invocations: Super-short prayers for when life gets crazy

You’ve got a baby in one arm, groceries in the other, your toddler somehow got your phone, which is ringing—quick, what do you do? When you need to pray but don’t really have time to sit down and compose yourself, an invocation might be just the ticket. Invocations (or “pious invocations”) are very short prayers—usually a phrase or sentence—that can be said once (as a quick, spontaneous prayer during stressful or busy times) or repeated over and over as a way of meditating on the presence of God.